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Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2012;49(2):128-32.

Procedural immunity of the district psychiatrists and members of the district psychiatric committees against civil wrongs claims in Israel.

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Formerly District Psychiatrist of Tel Aviv, Secretary of the Israel Society for Forensic Psychiatry, and Director of the Jerusalem Mental Health Center Eitanim-Kfar Shaul and Jaffa Community Mental Health Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.


In the public sector, psychiatrists as well as other physicians and mental health workers are subject to legal claims as a result of their clinical decisions. Until 2006, these professionals had no procedural immunity for such claims. The paper describes the legal change that took place in Israel since February 2006 with regard to some civil servants, including District Psychiatrists and members of District Psychiatric Committees. A clinical case vignette illustrates the possible implications of this statute amendment.

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